KT Update

An e-newsletter from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Vol. 3, No. 1 - October 2014


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KT Update was developed by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) through grant #H133A120012 to SEDL from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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Effective Media Outreach Strategies
October 27-29-31, 2014 (12-4 PM EDT)

This online conference focuses on Knowledge Translation (KT) efforts using various media strategies to expand the reach and use of disability and rehabilitation (D&R) research findings. Journalists and other experts representing traditional media, social media, and special focus media outlets share their perspectives on effective strategies to promote the uptake of disability-oriented research findings.

  • Oct. 27: Traditional Mainstream Media (archive available soon!)
  • Oct. 29: Electronic and Social Media
  • Oct. 31: Disability Media and KT Supports

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This conference is free but registration is required.
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NEW! KTDRR Resources Available


The 2014 Knowledge Translation Casebook, developed by the Center on KTDRR and grantees in the NIDILRR community, aims to provide real-world experiences for grantees (from grantees) on how to plan and strengthen the quality of knowledge translation (KT) strategies. This Casebook highlights eight NIDILRR grantees who submitted information to highlight their KT experience. Thanks to all of you who participated in the development of the 2014 KT Casebook.

The 2015 KT Casebook will soon begin to be assembled. If you would like to submit your KT experience, please use the "Share Your Experience" contact form link in the 2014 KT Casebook webpage.


A plain language summary describes findings from a systematic review in everyday language that is understandable to a non-research audience. Both The Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations emphasize the need for systematic reviews to be usable by members of the public.

The Center on KTDRR, working in collaboration with the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies (UWCTDS), has developed a web-based "Plain Language Summary Tool (PLST)" to guide authors through the process of writing a plain language summary of a systematic review. An introductory video, a manual, and explanatory materials are available to help users create their plain language summaries.

About the Plain Language Summary Tool (PLST)

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